From 'very stable genius' to 'very legal & very cool': Here are 32 very real things Trump tweeted in 2018

Win McNamee/Getty ImagesUS President Donald Trump.
  • 2018. The year of midterm elections, fights over who’s going to pay for the wall, and Mueller investigations. And Trump tweets. Hundreds and hundreds of Trump tweets.
  • The president, well-known for his love of tweeting, has had a lot to tweet about this year.
  • We rounded up some of his most important, dramatic, consequential, and even hilarious tweets of the year.


Starting the year strong: The North Korea button tweet.

Twitter ScreenshotA January 2, 2018 tweet by the president.

On January 2, 2018, the president tweeted about how his nuclear button is much bigger than Kim Jong Un’s nuclear button. And it works!

The tweet, which was in response to comments made by the North Korean leader, made many in the Twittersphere worry about nuclear war. Twitter, though, didn’t think the tweet violated the site’s terms of service.


The awards show we’ve all been waiting for: “THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR.”

Twitter ScreenshotAnother January 2, 2018, tweet by the president.

This tweet was also sent out on January 2. President Trump touted a new awards show to compete with the Oscars and, apparently, the Pulitzers, in which he would celebrate “dishonesty and bad reporting” in the “Fake News Media.”

Comedians had a field day with this one. Stephen Colbert set up a “for your consideration” billboard in Times Square, Samantha Bee campaigned for “Shrilliest Reporting,” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” even took out a spoof full-page “for your consideration” ad in The New York Times.


The words of a “very stable genius.”

Twitter screenshotA January 6, 2018 tweet by the president.

The “very stable genius” tweet – an instant classic – is actually part three of a tweet collection in which the president said he’s “like, really smart” and that “Crooked” Hillary Clinton went “down in flames” during the 2016 election.

“I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star….. ….to President of the United States (on my first try),” Trump tweeted. All that, he said, was enough to qualify him as “as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!”

The tweet came in response to claims made in Michael Wolff’s explosive book on the White House that said 100% of people in the administration question the president’s mental fitness.


Trump praises the Women’s March — a gathering of women protesting him.

Twitter screenshotA January 20, 2018 tweet by the president.

The Women’s March was famously started as a protest to Trump’s inauguration.

The second Women’s March in history, which happened on January 20, 2018, was, again, a protest of Trump’s presidency. The president, however, seemingly didn’t know this when he tweeted support for it. He touted the “unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months.”

“Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!” he added.


“Collusion is dead.”

Twitter screenshotA February 3, 2018 tweet by the president.

In this tweet, sent the day after the disputed Devin Nunes memo came out, Trump attempts to clear his name in the Russia investigation and claims that “collusion is dead,” while referring to himself in the third person. He also misspells “their” and “there.”

“This is an American disgrace!” he said.


FBI should have been investigating the Parkland shooter instead of spending time working on the Russia investigation.

Twitter ScreenshotA February 17, 2018 tweet by the president.

President Trump tweeted this three days after the Parkland shooting that left 17 dead.

“That’s disgusting,” one student said in response to Trump’s comments. “You’re supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us. How dare you. Children are dying, and their blood is on your hands because of that.”


Trump says Oprah is insecure. She says “what?”

Twitter ScreenshotA February 18, 2018 tweet by the president.

Oprah hosted a “60 Minutes” discussion in February that the president watched. His review? Oprah was “very insecure.”

A few days later, on Ellen DeGeneres’ show, Oprah responded to the president with a shrug and said, “I don’t like giving negativity power, so I just thought, ‘What?'”


A “reflective” Presidents’ Day.

Twitter ScreenshotA February 19, 2018 tweet by the president

Trump wished everyone a happy Presidents’ Day, then asked why Obama didn’t take care of the alleged Russian election meddling.


Trump attacks the Oscars.

Twitter ScreenshotA March 6, 2018 tweet by the president.

“We don’t have Stars anymore” the president tweeted after the Oscars. Except for him. “Just kidding.”

The Oscars have become quite politicized, with Hollywood celebrities speaking out against the administration and making a point of showing how much they disagree with the president. So he hit them where he knows best: the ratings. The 90th Academy Awards were, indeed, the least watched in Oscars history with only 26.5 million viewers.

He also, for mysterious reasons, responded to his own tweet by tweeting about DACA: “President Obama had 8 years to fix this problem, and didn’t. I am waiting for the Dems, they are running for the hills!”


Another “no collusion” tweet.

Twitter ScreenshotA March 12, 2018 tweet by the president

A congressional committee, led by Trump ally Mike Conway, announced in mid-March that Trump’s 2016 campaign did not collude with Russian operatives. Trump reacted to the news, tweeting this.

The congressional report, which excluded output by Democrats, contradicted findings by other investigations.


Trump tells Joe Biden to not threaten him.

Twitter ScreenshotA March 22, 2018 tweet by the president.

Joe Biden said, in March, that he would “beat the hell” out of Trump if the two had been in school together.

The president and former vice president have been talking about fighting each other for months. In this instalment, Trump hit back by calling Biden “crazy” and saying he’s mentally and physically weak.


The Second Amendment will never be repealed.

Twitter ScreenshotA March 28, 2018 tweet by the president.

Trump tweeted that the 2nd Amendment will never be repealed after retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’ called to repeal the Second Amendment in a New York Times op-ed.

Trump had been quiet on the 2A even as students across the country marched to demand for gun control.


Trump said Mexico was doing nothing to stop immigration.

Twitter ScreenshotAn April 1, 2018 tweet by the president.

Trump threatens to shut down NAFTA if Mexico continues doing “nothing” about the inmigrant flow in its southern border. This was all before the media and political storm created by news of migrant caravans travelling from Central America to the U.S.


“Thank you Kanye, very cool!”

Twitter ScreenshotAn April 25, 2018 tweet by the president.

Trump’s relationship with rapper Kanye West has been very well documented. This is, perhaps, the most iconic tweet of their interactions.

Kanye also tweeted out a picture of a MAGA hat signed by the president.

“My wife just called me and she wanted me to make this clear to everyone,” West tweeted (who is married to Kim Kardashian) later. “I don’t agree with everything Trump does. I don’t agree 100% with anyone but myself.”


Trump responds to media claims that he called immigrants “animals” by clarifying that he called MS-13 members that.

Twitter ScreenshotA May 18, 2018 tweet by the president.

Trump referred to members of the trans-national gang MS-13 as “violent animals.” Some characterised this as him saying immigrants are “animals.” In this tweet, Trump attempted to clarify that and then doubled down on his words.

The White House backed up Trump.

“Too many Americans have fallen victims to the unthinkable violence of MS-13’s animals,” the White House said in a statement.


Kim Kardashian West’s trip to the White House

Twitter ScreenshotA May 30, 2018 tweet by the president.

Kim Kardashian West visited the White House in May to advocate for prison reform. Kardashian West was inspired by 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson, a low-level drug offender serving a life sentence without parole.

Johnson was granted clemency soon after.

Kim’s visit wasn’t the only time that year when the Kardashians visited Capitol Hill.


The first lady’s jacket inspires a tweet about the Fake News Media.

Twitter ScreenshotA June 21, 2018 tweet by the president.

President Trump defended his wife Melania’s decision to wear a Zara jacket that had the words “I really don’t care, do u?” printed on the back when she visited a child migrant camp at the border.

Trump’s defence of the coat contradicted the explanation given by the first lady’s spokesperson, who said “there was no hidden message.”


Trump celebrates travel ban.

Twitter ScreenshotA June 26, 2018 tweet by the president.

The Supreme Court upheld Trump’s travel ban, which stopped travellers from several majority-Muslim countries from coming into the country. The measure was widely considered discriminatory against Muslims and was Trump’s third attempt at restricting travel from some majority-Muslim countries after federal courts blocked the previous two.


Trump tells Iranian president to “NEVER, EVER THREATEN” the U.S.

Twitter ScreenshotA July 22, 2018 tweet by the president.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was at the center of the president’s fury in July after he said the U.S. should avoid inciting Iranians against their government.

“America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars,” Rouhani told a meeting of Iranian diplomats.


Michael Cohen is not a good lawyer, Trump tweets.

Twitter ScreenshotAn August 22, 2018 tweet by the president.

The day former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen struck a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to eight federal crimes, Trump told his followers to not retain Cohen’s services if they’re looking for a good lawyer.

The president then tweeted that the two counts of campaign finance violations Cohen pleaded guilty to “are not a crime.”


Trump accuses Canada of taking advantage of the U.S.

Twitter ScreenshotA September 1, 2018 tweet by the president.

Trump tweeted that Canada has been taking advantage of the U.S. for years during NAFTA negotiations. The day before, the president had tweeted that there was no “political necessity” to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal.


Trump says only those tired of winning vote for Democrats.

Twitter ScreenshotAn October 2, 2018 tweet by the president.

As he campaigned for Republicans weeks before the midterm elections, Trump told his followers to only vote for Democrats if they were “tired of winning.”


Trump said he’s excited to see Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Twitter ScreenshotAn October 6, 2018 tweet by the president.

The Brett Kavanaugh nomination dominated headlines for weeks this year. Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault and harassment by multiple women, but was ultimately confirmed to the Supreme Court. This was President Trump’s reaction to the news.


Trump calls 2018 election night a “success.”

Twitter screenshotA November 6, 2018 tweet by the president.

Though the Republicans kept the Senate in the 2018 midterm election, the Democrats won the House. President Trump, though, thought the night was a success.


“Make France Great Again!”

Twitter ScreenshotA November 14, 2018 tweet by the president.

Trump tweeted this as media reported that his “bromance” with French President Emmanuel Macron was falling apart. The president had just launched a Twitter tirade against Macron and France, his third online attack on the country in that week.

“The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France, 26%, and an unemployment rate of almost 10%,” Trump tweeted. “He was just trying to get onto another subject. By the way, there is no country more Nationalist than France, very proud people-and rightfully so! MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN!”

Trump had visited France for the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, a visit marked by Trump’s evident absence from a memorial service.


Trump says the U.S. must close its border with Mexico to avoid a “costly and dangerous situation.”

Twitter ScreenshotA November 24, 2018 tweet by the president.

In the face of the migrant crisis at the border, Trump said any asylum-seekers would not be allowed into the country until their case has been cleared.

“All will stay in Mexico,” Trump added in a following tweet. Mexican government officials denied that any agreement on the arrangement has been struck in response to Trump’s remarks.


A “very legal & very cool” tweet.

Twitter ScreenshotA November 30, 2018 tweet by the president.

While in Buenos Aires for the G20 Summit, President Trump tweeted about how his business is being run in a “very legal & very cool” way. He was, of course, referring to the conversations had over Moscow Tower in 2016, which Michael Cohen had just admitted he lied to Congress about.


Trump calls “fake news” the “enemy of the people.”

Twitter ScreenshotA December 6, 2018 tweet by the president.

The president often calls journalists “the enemy of the people.” He did so once again at the beginning of December, hours before the CNN Manhattan offices were evacuated due to a bomb threat.

Trump’s attack on the press earned a response from The Capital Gazette photographer Joshua McKerrow, who survived the deadly attack on his newsroom earlier this year.


The “smocking gun” tweet

Twitter ScreenshotA December 10, 2018 tweet by the president.

Trump’s tweet about the Democrats having “No Smocking Gun” in the Russia investigation went viral after he misspelled “smoking” twice in 280 characters. Many other Twitter accounts jumped on the opportunity to mock the “smocking” error, including Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.


Trump laments attack in France, demands U.S. border security.

Twitter ScreenshotA December 12, 2018 tweet by the president.

A shooting near a Christmas market on December 12 in Strasbourg, France, left at least two people dead and 12 others injured. Trump lamented the shooting in a tweet, before adding that Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi must “give” the votes necessary to get “additional Border Security.”


Mexico will (one way or another) pay for the wall.

Twitter ScreenshotA December 13, 2018 tweet by the president.

As the USMCA negotiations were happening, Trump said the new deal was a way for Mexico to pay for the wall.

The USMCA is pretty similar to NAFTA, except it has clauses that aim to shift car manufacturing to the U.S. from Mexico. Mexico also agreed to allow imports of certain U.S. cheeses.

Democrats bashed Trump’s idea of using revenues from the deal on the wall as a waste of money.


Trump tweeted he never directed Michael Cohen to break the law.

Twitter ScreenshotA December 13, 2018 tweet by the president.

Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to lying to Congress on December 12. A disgruntled Trump, who also called his former lawyer a “rat,” tweeted that he never instructed Cohen to do any illegal acts and that, as a lawyer, Cohen should have known what was legal and what was not.

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